For a long time, race and racism have surrounded and shaped marijuana policy.  First racist stereotypes were used to demonize the drug, then the drug was used to demonize — and lock up — people of color. As the state of California anticipates ganja going legit we ask: Is there a possibility for pot reparations?

As Weed Is Legalized, Are Marijuana Reparations Possible? 22 November,2017Sandhya Dirks

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Sandhya Dirks

Sandhya Dirks is the East Bay enterprise reporter at KQED, focusing on stories about equity, identity, culture and the changing city.

Prior to joining KQED in 2015, Sandhya covered the 2012 presidential election from the swing state of Iowa for Iowa Public Radio. And at KPBS in San Diego, she broke the story of a sexual harassment scandal that led to the resignation of then-mayor.

She got her start in radio working on  documentaries about Oakland that focused on the high drop-out rate in public schools and mistrust between the police and the community. Her work on “The Drop Out Dilemma” won the Sigma Delta Chi Award Award for radio documentary.

Sandhya is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism, where she won a Patsy Pulitzer Preston Documentary Fellowship for her investigative film about international adoption. She’s reported for NPR, Latino USA, and PRI’s The World, and she’s taught audio story-telling at Mills College in Oakland.

Sandhya lives in Oakland with her two cats.

You can contact her with story ideas and comments at sdirks@kqed.org. Follow her on twitter: @sandhyadirks.

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